From left, Brookwood High School Seniors Takeera Warthen and Mary Katherine Smith cut out paper snowflakes, which will be sent this week to students of Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.
SNELLVILLE -- As she watched the news reports of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Takeera Warthen wished she could reach out and help the children of Sandy Hook Elementary.
The Brookwood High School senior felt powerless to assist the children and their families. That is, until the school's media specialist came to her with a proposition.
On Wednesday, Warthen and hundreds of other Brookwood High School students took time after finishing their exams to cut out snowflakes and write messages to the Newtown residents.
"It felt really good to have an opportunity to do something for them," Warthen said. "They went through so much. It warms my heart to be able to give them something that just might put a smile on their face."
Media Specialist Jan Wilson said that earlier this week she was forwarded an e-mail from Sandy Hook Elementary's PTO president, who wants to "create a winter wonderland for Sandy Hook students when they come to Chalk Hill for the remainder of the school year."
Students who survived the mass shooting at their school last week will return to class following the winter break at Chalk Hill, which is an elementary school in a neighboring town.
Wilson said asking Brookwood students to make the cut-out snowflakes was an opportunity she didn't want to pass up.
"I don't think a lot of elementary schools are addressing the situation, because the kids are so young," Wilson said. "But a lot of high school students have been asking me, 'What can we do for the Sandy Hook students?' This was the perfect thing."
Brookwood students created more than 800 snowflakes, which will hang with thousands of others from around the country, to greet Sandy Hook students on windows, doors and walls at Chalk Hill when they go back to school after Jan. 1.